n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Estimator variables and eyewitness testimony
|Article Title||Estimator variables and eyewitness testimony|
|© Publisher:||Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern Africa (CRIMSA)|
|Journal||Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology|
|Author||D.A. Louw and A. Venter|
|Publication Date||Jan 2005|
|Pages||21 - 39|
Eyewitness testimony is often the most influential evidence that can be introduced in a legal proceeding. However, it is equally true that numerous variables can influence the witness's ability to accurately identify persons, remember events and provide reliable testimony. As many cases have been reported where people have been wrongfully convicted on the grounds of someone's eyewitness testimony, it is of the utmost importance that experts working in the crime and legal arena should always be well informed about new research and changing views in this field. The goal of this review article is therefore to provide the reader with the latest viewpoints and research findings in this regard. This is the first of two review articles on eyewitness testimony, this one concentrating on estimated variables, i.e. factors over which the criminal justice system exerts little or no control. The second article will focus on system variables, i.e. factors that are directly under the control of the criminal justice system.
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